Join us this February for LGBT History Month 2020

Join us this February to celebrate LGBT History Month with a series of events and a special reading list compiled by James Gregory-Monk, Deputy-Chair of our LGBT+ Staff network. LGBT History Month is an annual celebration of lesbian, gay, bi and trans culture, reflecting on and remembering the history of the lgbt+ rights and related civil rights movements. This year’s theme is Poetry, Prose and Plays.

LGBT+ activism – a personal perspective

Wednesday 5 February 2020

Please note this event is now fully booked.

Emeritus Professor Glenys Parry is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. She started fighting for gay rights in 1973 as an undergraduate. She was a co-founder of Gay News, the first woman Chair of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, campaigning against the use of aversion therapy and other oppressive treatments, speaking in schools and appearing on TV. She will share her youthful experience of LGBT activism and the changes she has witnessed over the past 50 years.

Glenys Parry

Trans Awareness: The Basics (repeat of previous sessions held last year)

Friday 14 February 2020

Please note this session is now fully booked.

Further to our sessions held last year, Gendered Intelligence will be delivering another 90-minute training session to introduce key information for staff supporting our trans colleagues and students, including:

  • An understanding of what trans means
  • Increased awareness of ways to be trans inclusive
  • Increased confidence in working with trans colleagues / students / people
  • A basic overview of the key laws relating to trans people
  • Helpful resources

Jessica Lynn, world-renowned transgender advocate

Ensuring a caring environment for all: understanding the challenges LGBTQ individuals face in the healthcare system

Thursday 27 February 2020, 10.30am–12 noon
St. George's Church Lecture Theatre, S1 4DP

We will be joined by world-renowned transgender activist and educator Jessica Lynn, who will share her experiences from within the healthcare sector.

Following her attendance at the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) conference in London: Breaking down the barriers: LGBTQ + equalities, Jessica will be coming to Sheffield to share her experiences with us.

Jessica has been appointed to an advisory position on a project aimed towards improving health services for gender diverse youth and their families in England. She is a speaker to the medical community by request of the National Health Service, England.

This event is free of charge and open to staff and students.

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Juice Book Group

Thursday 27 February 2020, 12.15–1pm
Arts Tower, Room 2.09

For February, the Juice Book Group will be discussing their book of the month, chosen and introduced by James Gregory-Monk, Deputy-Chair of the LGBT+ Staff Network. To mark the 20th anniversary of the British Military lifting the ban on homosexuality, the book is This Queer Angel by Elaine Chambers.

Book your place up to six days in advance

More information on the Juice Book Club

LGBT+ Authors & Poets

James Gregory-Monk, Deputy-Chair of our LGBT+ Staff network, has compiled a reading list. So, if you’re looking for a new book this month, why not pick something from the list below?

  • This Queer Angel by Elaine Chambers
  • Spectacles by Sue Perkins
  • Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman
  • The Madonna of Bolton by Matt Cain
  • Straight Jacket by Matthew Todd
  • Call Me by Your Name by Andre Aciman
  • How to Survive a Plague by David France
  • Undivided by Vicky Beeching
  • You Will Be Safe Here by Damian Barr
  • Trans Britain by Christine Burns
  • The Gender Games by Juno Dawson

What would you like to add to this list? Email us at


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